SEAS Weekly 3-14-2022

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Academic Integrity Reminder

Please remember that all students are obligated to follow the Code of Academic Integrity. As noted, “If a student is unsure whether his action(s) constitute a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity, then it is that student’s responsibility to consult with the instructor to clarify any ambiguities

Words to think about this week

“You really can change the world if you care enough.” —Marian Wright Edelman

Highlights for the Week

  • Penn Engineering Student Learning and Engagement (PESTLE): The goal of PESTLE is to provide an opportunity for all Penn Engineering students to engage with the Philadelphia community.  There are multiple opportunities for engagement, whether they are one-time service events or ongoing commitments, student organization activities, school initiatives, or university partnerships with local community centers.  Learn more at


  • Advisor InTouch and Penn In Touch: Advisor InTouch and Penn InTouch are back online starting today (Monday, March 14).



  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are available as direct grants to students with financial need and on student public health initiatives related to COVID-19. Find out more here:


  • Integrity Matters: As we return to campus we invite all members of the Penn community to affirm their commitment to  integrity, honesty and academic excellence. We are invested in adhering to the tenets of Academic Integrity both in the classroom and in our own private domains. We value the experience of learning as an opportunity to better ourselves, our community,  and the world around us. We strive to work hard in order to earn our successes while also learning from our failures. As we launch a campaign to raise awareness about  Academic Integrity, we—faculty, staff, and students alike—vow to partner together in communicating our mutual expectations and in fostering a shared sense of responsibility and support for each other. We, the Penn community, believe that integrity matters.


  • Student Health and CAPS Are Available for Students Remember to call first!
    • SHS:
    • CAPS: 
    • In-Person Visits
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 1:30p
    • Telehealth (phone or videoconferencing)
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 4:30p
    • After-hours
      • On-Call Clinician for Urgent Issues (SHS): 215-746-3535, Option 3
      • 24/7 Access to a Clinician (CAPS): 215-898-7021, Option 1

Important Dates:

Date Event
March 18 Grade Type Change Deadline
March 28 Last day to withdraw from a course
April 18-May 1 Advance Registration for Fall Term & Summer Sessions
April 18 Registration for Summer Session Begins

Engineering Activities


RAS Academic Advising


Register Now for Spring 2022 Master in Law Courses
Course Offerings • Master in Law • Penn Law


EDAB Coffee Chats Signup Now!

The Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board (EDAB) is a student board that works directly with deans and faculty to implement initiatives that enrich the learning and welfare of engineers.

Pair up with a current EDAB member to discuss all things related to our work, life on campus and just hang out!

EDAB Coffee Chat Signup form is available here:

Check us out through our website: 


Register to vote!

Register to vote! Encourage others to participate in the democratic process!

Penn Engineering is in a friendly competition with the other UG Schools in how many Penn Engineers will participate in the Motivote voter drive. You can register to vote and take other actions to earn points. Not a citizen? No problem. You can still earn points for the School!

Participants should first sign up at and then can join the Engineering Team: Undergraduate


Penn Activities

ISSS OPT Workshops - Spring 2022 Semester

We hope the beginning of your semester is going smoothly.

We would like to remind you that ISSS will be hosting a number of webinars/Q&A sessions on Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 students. These virtual workshops will provide a thorough overview of topics such as timelines, eligibility, and documents required to apply for these work authorization types. Members of the ISSS advising team will be online to respond to questions.

Please see below for the full schedule. Details and information about additional upcoming events can be found at

* January 31, 11:00AM-12:00PM (OPT)


* February 15, 11:00AM-12:00PM (OPT)


* February 24, 1:00-2:00PM (OPT)


* March 22, 1:00-2:00PM (OPT)


* April 5, 11:00AM-12:00PM (CPT)



Sunday Check-In Series

On behalf of the Penn Engineering Communications Team, I’d like to invite you to participate in our “Sunday Check-In” series.

Our Sunday Check-In project is about catching up with students, staff and faculty across our School. Here’s the link to a Google form with several questions. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out at Thanks so much for participating!


Wellness at Penn presents: I SHARE: Connection, Healing, and Hope

Wellness at Penn launched a video this semester called I SHARE: Connection, Healing, and Hope about the power of sharing and ways to get support for students experiencing stress, distress, or crisis. We would love to have student feedback!

It’s easy: just WRITE, WATCH & WIN!

WRITEwrite in your responses to a 2-minute I SHARE Survey.

WATCHwatch an awesome video by Penn students (video link provided at the end of the survey)

WINwin a prize raffle by completing one final survey! (portable electronics, smartwatch, yoga kit, and more!)

Students can learn more about I SHARE on Instagram @WellnessAtPenn.


Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV)!

Penn Leads the Vote encourages you to make updating your registration part of your back-to-campus to-do list.

Right now: take two minutes to update your voter registration address or register for the first time online. Live in a College House? Make sure you specify your mailing address and residential address, learn more here.

Visit us at our new website for more information –

Opportunities to get involved:

We are looking for students, faculty, and staff to join us in making Penn a more civically engaged campus.

Consider joining us through one of the following opportunities (ordered from least to most commitment):

  1. Volunteer: This is a high impact, low commitment opportunity for those who want to multiply your impact. Volunteers receive free PLTV swag and get priority access to events like National Voter Registration Day.
  2. Fellowships: If you are looking for a longer, more professionally-oriented opportunity to support voting and civic engagement on campus, a fellowship is for you! Fellows work closely with PLTV staff to complete high impact projects over the course of the semester.
  3. Paid Positions: PLTV is hiring an undergraduate partnerships coordinator and diversity and inclusion coordinator. These are paid positions open to students who are passionate about civic engagement and are able to commit 10 hours a week for the remainder of the year. Learn more on our website.



James Dyson Award

James Dyson Award.

What is the James Dyson Award?

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem.

Who can enter?

It is open to current university students of engineering, product design, and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years. We’ll ask to see official documentation that proves it.

What can you win?

Students that enter have the opportunity to win $2,500 as a national winner and $35,000 as an international winner, along with a donation of $6,000 to the departments that supported them. New this year! We will offer an additional $35,000 prize for the sustainability award winner, which is the best entry that addresses an environmental issue. The award not only provides an opportunity for students to commercialize their ideas through funding, it also provides an international media platform and exposure which has allowed previous winners such as MarinaTex, a home compostable material designed as an alternative single-use plastic film, to develop into businesses. Be sure to also check out our US National Winner, Thipok Cholsaipant, who is the inventor of Aerolyze, the world’s first breath glucometer for prediabetics. By replacing blood with a breath, the design eliminates the pain and inconvenience of pricking your finger altogether.

Learn more about the James Dyson Award here: 


Dept. of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.

For more information and the application process please visit DoD – SMART Scholarship 

Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Participate In NSF Funded Study: Discover How Network of Developers / Mentors Can Impact Professional Identities in Engineering!

Here is an exciting opportunity of participating in a study that can help you discover how Network of Developers/Mentors can impact your professional identities in Engineering !

This study is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). See attached the Flyer giving participant criteria, benefits including monetary incentive, & Sign-up link.

Here is the Sign-up Link as well: 


Tech Jobs @ SEAS! (work-study not required)

We’re Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS), the tech support team for Penn Engineering, and we’d like to invite you to apply for one of our student positions. Why consider joining the best computing staff on campus? See what CETS offers…


At CETS you’re *never* on call, so work doesn’t interfere with your study time. In fact, you customize your schedule to fit your needs and you have the option of making changes as often as you like.

Great Pay/Consistent Pay:

Our positions *start* at $11.00 an hour and our hours are consistent *throughout* the semester, so you never need to worry about slow work weeks affecting your pay.  Work-study is NOT required for this position.


Our students have a team of professionals to back them up, however, our Help Desk is essentially staffed and managed by students.

Nurturing environment:

Our students work with computing professionals who aren’t afraid of giving them real responsibilities while providing encouragement and guidance. Yet, many of our students initially came to us with very little experience.

Engineering is a very demanding curriculum requiring frequent use of our labs. As an Engineering student you will be spending a lot of time in CETS labs using software not found anywhere else on campus. Why not get paid for sharing what you learn?

If you haven’t applied to CETS yet and you want to make the most of your college career, slots are limited so apply today.

Please apply here…


Penn Libraries are hiring students! Apply

The Penn Libraries is now hiring students in a variety of roles. Daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available at library locations across campus.

Applicants should search “Library” in Workday for open positions.

Learn more:

All students are eligible for employment in the libraries.          

Penn Libraries Hiring Students – January 2022


Red & Blue Engagement Center is hiring non-work study students

The Red & Blue Engagement Center is looking for enthusiastic students (both undergraduate and graduate level) who love Penn or freshman who are learning to love Penn and want to connect with alumni and parents about the great things happening at the University! The center is open year-round and always hiring for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

The job is posted to Handshake but students can also apply directly at


Platt House is seeking an App Designer

Platt House is seeking a designer to create a user friendly app where student artists can connect with other student artists for projects and independent work. We would like to call it Debut or something similar and a description is below.  Compensation will be provided and determined before work is started.

Debut is an app for student artists looking to connect on short term projects. Debut provides a platform for student artists to connect, portfolio-build, and gain experience. This role would require the ability to program an app and would provide creative development and leadership opportunities.

Contact Laurie McCall, Platt House Director ( for more information.


Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition (DEADLINE for submissions: May 13, 2022)

The FAA-sponsored Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs provides an outstanding opportunity for individual students or student teams working under the guidance of faculty advisors to design solutions to real world issues addressing our nation’s airports and the National Air System.

Students win cash prizes ($3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third place) in each of four different broad categories:

  • Airport Operation and Maintenance
  • Airport Management and Planning
  • Airport Environmental Interactions
  • Runway Safety/ Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions Including Aprons, Ramps, and Taxiway

A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.

First place winners present their work at an award ceremony at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. and also at a relevant national professional conference.  All expenses are covered.

Competition runs from August 16, 2021 to May 13, 2022.  Find more information here: ACRP Design Competiton .  Access guidlines here


Out For Undergrad LGBTQ Conference (Application Due May 1)

Out for Undergrad (O4U) Engineering Conference (all at 11:59 PM PST)

Round 1 deadline: March 6, 2022
Round 2 deadline: April 3, 2022
Round 3 deadline: May 1, 2022

*It is encouraged that students apply as soon as possible, as O4U Engineering has historically selected more students during Rounds 1 and 2.

The 2022 Out for Undergrad Engineering Conference will be held in person, from September 16 through the 18. Official location will be shared in the upcoming months. This conference is geared towards serving students that identify as LGBTQ+ and plan on pursuing a career in engineering, whether it be industry or academia. Students are admitted on a rolling basis.

The conference is free to attend! Flights, hotel, and conference costs are covered entirely by O4U thanks to our sponsors, with no application or registration fee!

Here is a little more about the conference: 

  • Out for Undergrad is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization designed to help high-achieving LGBTQ undergrads reach their full potential.
  • LGBTQ+ engineering students will have the opportunity to discuss being out in the engineering industry and hear from professionals who are out in their careers.
  • Students will network with LGBTQ+ peers and professionals from top engineering companies from a wide range of industries across the country.
  • Students will have the opportunity to find LGBTQ+ mentors in their field.
  • Sponsoring companies will recruit students for jobs and internships at the career fair and throughout the conference. Some company sponsors in the past have included: General Motors, Medtronic, Clorox, Blue Origin, Genentech, Accenture, Barr, university graduate programs, and more!
  • Apply here: Out for Undergrad Fall 2022 Application
  • For more information, check out the conference website: Out for Undergrad Engineering Conference

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email the O4U Engineering Admissions Team at


Penn Sustainability Paid Student Positions (Application Due March 30)

Penn Sustainability is now accepting applications for several paid employment opportunities for work-study students for Summer 2022 and the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Applicants are welcomed and encouraged to apply for both summer and academic year positions. All applications are due by Wednesday, March 30th 

We want to specifically draw your attention to two recently posted summer programs Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Fellows, where students will have the opportunity to work with faculty on sustainability research and curriculum, and Civic Sustainability Fellows, where students will work with organizations across the city of Philadelphia for hands-on learning opportunities with local sustainability initiatives. 

Please pass the information below along to any students you work with who are interested in working on projects that improve environmental sustainability on campus!  

Summer 2022 – 40 hr/week positions (work-study required) 

·         Penn Sustainability Undergraduate Transportation Intern (1) 

·         Penn Sustainability Undergraduate Green Labs Intern (1) 

·         Penn Sustainability Undergraduate Student Outreach and Engagement Intern (1) 

·         Penn Sustainability Graduate Climate Resiliency Intern (1) 

·         Penn Sustainability Graduate Strategic Waste Intern (1) 

·         Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Fellows (6) – specific application will be available mid-Feb 

·         Civic Sustainability Fellows (4) 

o    Philadelphia Energy Authority 

o    Philadelphia Office of Sustainability 

o    Philadelphia School District 

o    University City (UC) Green 

2022/2023 Academic Year – 10 hr/week positions (work-study required) 

·         Penn Sustainability Undergraduate Intern (2) 

·         Penn Sustainability Graduate Intern (1) 

·         Student Eco-Reps (18) 

·         Student Eco-Reps Coordinators (2) 

·         Penn Sustainability Undergraduate Photography Intern (1) 

Volunteer for Move-In Green with Penn Sustainability Fall 2022 

Become a student leader this NSO, and volunteer with Penn’s Sustainability Office for Move-In Green 2022! Volunteers receive great benefits and the opportunity to meet other like-minded students interested in sustainability. 

Visit Penn Sustainability’s Website to learn more and complete this application by March 30th to apply.


Study Abroad in Singapore (Applications due March 25)

“Penn is excited to announce an amazing opportunity for a Penn Student to study abroad this Summer in Singapore! This exchange opportunity would allow one Penn student the opportunity to study at The Singapore Management University for four weeks this Summer. The student will receive up to a 10,000 Singapore Dollar scholarship to help cover the costs of the program. The student is expected to cover the upfront costs, but will be reimbursed once the program is complete. Applications are now open and can be accessed here. They will remain open until March 25th.  More information about the University in Singapore and the Program can be found here.